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Greater Valley Forge HRA - Diversity and Inclusion Best Practices Panel Discussion

  • Tue, September 19, 2023
  • 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Chadwick's Restaurant & Bar, 2750 Egypt Road, Audubon, PA 19403


This program will help HR professionals learn how to diversify teams.  It will help HR professionals understand why diversity workshops do not create lasting results.  It will help HR solve the problem of losing talent as a result of cultural clashes.  This program will also help HR professionals inspire more inclusive workplaces for neurodivergent employees & employees with disabilities. Learning best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, with a particular interest in disability inclusion and neurodiversity.  In addition, this will be a comprehensive program on diversity, equity, equality, inclusion & paradoxes of gender; transgender acceptance and understanding in the workplace.  Lastly, this program will show HR professionals how to lead D&I initiatives and how to get commitment from the C-Suite to create a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Learning what neurodiversity is, and how it fits into the conversation around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • How to respond, accommodate, and prepare your organization when an employee informs the director that they are about to pursue their formal Gender Affirmation (transition) from either female to male, or male to female.
  • How to respond to those hiring managers who believe that diversity isn't about hiring the best talent.


Naomi Barrett, SHRM-SCP, IICDP

Director of Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | EisnerAmper 

Naomi Barrett is the Director of Global Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion at EisnerAmper. With 15 years of combined HR and DEI experience, she works closely with leadership and employees at all levels to design and execute DEI strategies.  She has extensive experience leading DEI as part of the employee experience from recruitment to policy development, ERG leadership, and more.  Her passion lies in being able to cultivate employee-focused, inclusive cultures where employees thrive.

Alyssa Vasquez, MS

President and CEO | Cultured Enuf

Alyssa Vasquez is the president and CEO of Cultured Enuf, a diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firm. Cultured Enuf is a product of lived experiences, research, and understanding the importance of urban culture in the workplace. Since becoming a business in June 2016, one of Cultured Enuf’s core values is to empower and build up leaders to lead diverse teams naturally and authentically. Vasquez strongly believes that living out values is as important as knowing the
information and talking about them. Vasquez’s team has conducted over 100+ organizational assessments and focus groups; as she guides partners through sustainable organizational change utilizing research - based frameworks. Vasquez also assists in organizational strategic planning, and DEI Task Force development. She has years of experience in developing and conducting Diversity professional development for organizations and staff to reinforce Psychological Safety.

Vasquez holds a Masters of Science in DEI Organizational Development and Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University, and a BA in International Relations and Economics from American University. Her passion for equitable and inclusive organizations derives from her cultural exposure being Latina, growing up in a Black community, and playing collegiate and national ice hockey. She brings her high energy, urban humor, and ability to meet individuals “where they are” along their DEI journey. She is also a published author, public speaker, and travels domestically and internationally to engage in new cultural experiences. Vasquez’s down to earth approach and humor creates a place of belonging for her partners and anyone she works with. In her spare time, Alyssa loves spending time with her partner and family. 


Dr. Diana Sorrentino, Ph.D.

Social Psychologist and Behavioral Analyst 

Dr. Sorrentino designs, develops, implements and presents customized professional development & educational programs; Inservice training & continuing education programs for conferences, seminars & symposiums. These programs; addressing the critical areas where so much knowledge, understanding and comprehension is lacking at the local and regional level, are designed, developed and presented for the diverse clientele of the Lehigh Valley Paladin organization and her LGBTQ+ Community and WPATH activities. Comprehensive programs on diversity, equity, equality, inclusion & paradoxes of gender; transgender acceptance and understanding in the workplace; professional development programs for medical and mental health professionals who are working with transgender patients; in addition to delivering key note addresses, lectures and seminars on LGBTQ+ Community issues for schools, colleges, universities, businesses and professional organizations are a significant part of her work. Dr. Sorrentino is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

Dr. Sorrentino’s academic credentials include: Doctorate in Sociology: Middle East & Islamic Studies Doctorate in Psychology: Psychology of Criminal Behavior

Cait Russell, OTD, OTR/L

Director | Neurodiversity Employment Network: Philadelphia

Cait Russell is the Director of the Neurodiversity Employment Network: Philadelphia, a network connecting employers, academics, providers, vendors, job seekers, and other allies in the Greater Philadelphia region supporting one another to enable neurodivergent individuals to gain meaningful employment. Cait has extensive study and research in the neurodiversity employment space, with undergraduate study in business and psychology at a joint program at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Duke University and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Jefferson University. Cait believes strongly that neurodiversity is a crucial part of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and is proud to be a part of the mission to further inclusion in the workplace in Philadelphia. 

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Professional Development: 

Pending approval for 1.25 SHRM PDC’s and HRCI Credits.

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